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'Bowfinger' And 'Ed Wood' Among The 10 Best Films About Filmmaking


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There's always a humorous irony with films about making other films. At least three of this sub-genre have been released in the last year, and it was recently proposed that Netflix would be officially releasing the long-shelved Orson Welles project 'The Other Side of the Wind'.

Here are ten of our favourite films about filmmaking:

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Why Netflix Getting To Finish Orson Welles' Last Movie Is So Important


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More than 30 years after the death of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles, Netflix has landed the rights to complete and reshoot his final movie 'The Other Side Of The Wind', which has remained incomplete since principal photography ended in 1976. Film buffs everywhere are eagerly awaiting the release.

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There's something deeply significant about Orson Welles finally getting a posthumous release of his labour of love 'The Other Side of the Wind'. In his lifetime, production of the flick was marred by sudden departures of cast and crew, lack of funding and legal issues - but it seems his ghost is finally being put to rest with its eventual distribution.

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Long Lost Orson Welles Film Could Be Released Next Year


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One of the great long-lost movies of all time could at last be set for release in 2015. Legendary director and actor Orson Welles’ unfinished final film The Other Side of the Wind is mooted for a full theatrical release by May 6th, the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Orson Welles in Citizen Kane (1941)

Veteran producer Frank Marshall has apparently joined forces with Royal Road Entertainment in order to approach the heir of Welles’ estate – his daughter Beatrice – and his old collaborator Oja Kodar to secure the rights to the unfinished film. With the help of modern production and editing technology and Welles’ extensive notes that he left behind, missing and half-finished scenes will be restored.

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The Wire Named No. 1 TV Show Of All Time By Entertainment Weekly


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The hit Baltimore-set crime series The Wire has been chosen by Entertainment Weekly as the greatest television show of all time in a recent poll compiled by the magazine. The HBO series, which ran for six seasons between 2002 and 2008, battled off competiton from comedies, sci-fi classics and fellow crime dramas to be singled out as the greatest show ever-made, with EW also ordering the greatest movie, album, book and stage play of all time too.

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West starred as Det. Jimmy McNulty in The Wire

The David Simon-helmed police drama was described as the "most sustained narrative in television history" by EW as it beat off competition from The Simpsons, Seinfeld, the Mary Tyler Moorse Show and The Sopranos, who finished off the top five of the top ten countdown. Earlier this year, The Sopranos, which starred the late James Gandolfini, was chosen by the Writers Guild of America as the greatest television show of all time, but clearly the writers of EW had a different opinion. All In The Family, The Andy Griffith Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men and Your Show of Shows made up the rest of the top ten.

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Casino Royale (1967) Review


OK
Though great he may be, there is a limit to the amount of uninterrupted Burt Bacharach music one can endure. And sadly, that limit -- of music punctuated by kazoos, harpischords, and accordions -- is far less than 137 minutes.

There's also a limit on the length of a spy spoof one can sit through (the second Austin Powers and Richard Grieco's If Looks Could Kill being the few notable, yet guilty, exceptions). That limit tends to run about 58 minutes.

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The Transformers: The Movie Review


Weak
By any sane criteria, The Transformers is a terrible, terrible movie. It has some of the worst feature film animation ever passed off on audiences anywhere, and its plot (Autobots vs. Decepticons by way of a planet-munching giant robot called Unicron) is as threadbare as anything Saturday morning has ever delivered.

But The Transformers has earned a cult following, for a couple of reasons. First it's the only Transformers-themed movie ever made. In case you weren't a kid in the '80s, Transformers were immensely popular toys that could change from some common item (usually a truck or a plane) into a robot. With lasers. Cartoons followed, then the movie.

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Genocide Review


Very Good
Few Holocaust documentaries have the pedigree of Genocide, which rises above literally hundreds of similar productions thanks to soulful narration from Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor. There are few insights here that you can't get in slicker productions (and in fact, some of the minor details mentioned in the film are in dispute), but the steady pace and penetrating focus on the Jewish experience in WWII makes the film definitely worth checking out. The film notably won a Best Documentary Oscar, to boot.

F For Fake Review


Extraordinary
I've never seen another film like F for Fake, and if you invest a quick 90 minutes in it I'll wager you'll come away with the same dazed and breathless feeling that I had.

F for Fake was, depending on how you look at it, Orson Welles last feature film as a director, and -- as Peter Bogdanovich describes it in an insightful introduction -- it's not quite a documentary but rather a "documentary essay" about trickery and fraud in its various incarnations.

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Citizen Kane Review


Essential
I first watched Citizen Kane in 1997. For me 1997 was the year I actually buckled down and decided that I wanted to be a critic, and that I had better take this job seriously. With that in my mind, I switched my focus from new releases to retrospectives, designing myself to be able to do what I had at first loathed in critics: make obscure references to movies I had never heard of.

As a point of fact, when I actually got into the business I heard of those movies. And I heard more about those movies. And more. And, when the AFI named Citizen Kane as the best film of all time, I decided that it might just be a good idea to see it.

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Catch-22 Review


Extraordinary
A wry and sarcastic (and thick as hell) book about the ridiculous duplicity of war? Sounds like a movie to me.

And so it did to Mike Nichols and Buck Henry, collaborators on The Graduate who conspired once again to make one of the greats of cinema. While Catch-22 has none of the cachet of other war movies (and we'll get to that...), it's by far one of the best out there, ranking with Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, and Apocalypse Now as one of the greats.

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